My Views On Education And Education

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Compulsory Education.

In this paper, I am going to examine and compare my views on education to the great philosophers Aristotle, Socrates and Plato. Education should not be something forced on people from a very young age. We are educating our children to be master test takers who conform to the norm and not to think outside the box. My position is supported by Socrates in Plato 's The Republic and Aristotle in his Nicomachean Ethics, Book II. Because students waste too much time on testing, education should not be compulsory.
First of all school should be voluntary. Socrates states that bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.” (536e) Socrates believed that a compulsory education does not work especially in early education. Education must appear to be voluntary at first Socrates says, "Don 't use force in training the children in the studies, but rather play. In that way, you can better discern what each is naturally directed towards" (537a) I strongly agree that education is being forced upon the youth of today. Education should not be something our youth fear. Children should not get up in the morning and dread going to school. The schools should be educating our children; they should be empowering our youth to be independent thinkers and teaching our children how to be compassionate functioning members of society. In today 's society, standardized testing is seemingly the
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